The Tragic Daughters of Charles I
The lives of Mary, Elizabeth & Henrietta Anne, the tragic daughters of Charles I.
Mary, Elizabeth and Henrietta Anne, the daughters of King Charles I and his queen, Henrietta Maria, would be brought up against the background of the English Civil War. Mary would marry William, Prince of Orange, and be sent to live in the Netherlands. Elizabeth would remain in England under Parliamentary control. Henrietta Anne would escape to France and be the darling of the French Court. Yet none of the Stuart princesses would live to reach thirty.
The Tragic Daughters of Charles I is their story.
Chronos Books presents the latest in a series of historical royal biographies by Sarah-Beth Watkins, author of Lady Katherine Knollys: The Unacknowledged Daughter of King Henry VIII
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I have read two historical non-fiction books written by Sarah Beth Watkins and this one is my third. I love her writing style and how she structures her books. The Tragic Daughters of Charles I is another great read from her. Again the story is narrated like fiction but is supported by the historical letters and references which is really good. Her writing style is very easy yet it makes the book very interesting without resorting to any complexity. Another advantage is that she keeps her points precise and simple without the need to write unnecessary pages to explain one point or an event. The book has ten chapters and each chapter concentrates on a particular themed story. In the beginning chapters, we get to know about King Charles I and his wife Queen Henrietta Maria and the problems they are facing with the English Civil War. In the later chapters, we get to know about their daughter (Mary, Elizabeth, and Henrietta Anne) and the misery life they lived. Don't be fooled by the length of the book because it is full of useful information. So if like myself you love historical books then you should not hesitate in picking up this. I give The Tragic Daughters of Charles I: Mary, Elizabeth & Henrietta Anne a solid 4.0 stars out of 5.0. ~ Constantine, NetGalley
I found this book to be informative and very easy to follow. I appreciated that the focus was on women who despite their contributions to historical politics are often overlooked for their male counterparts. It seemed to me that Henrietta Anne was the true focus in the end, and her story is so fascinating that maybe we would have been better off with a book entirely about her life. But I understand the decision was made to show her in stark contrast to her siblings, which still made for a great read. The book did seem a little short and maybe at the end a bit rushed, but I still thought it was enjoyable considering this doesn't seem to be an era or group that gets a lot of literary attention. ~ C, NetGalley
I love history so much that this book was just a page turner! I love the hustle and bustle over court life. The behind the scenes of it all. Secret notes and blood lines and rank. I had no idea these siblings had to go through so much and I was very sad at the end. This is a must read for any history lover. KUDOS ~ Cynthia Guerra, NetGalley
5 stars. After reading the authors previous book on Anne of Cleves (Which I loved, and highly recommend), I was very pleased to receive a digital advance reader copy of this book on the three daughters of Charles I, Mary, Elizabeth, and Henrietta Anne. I love Sarah-Beth' s writing, she completely draws you in and you find yourself becoming lost in the pages of her work. The story is told in such an informative and engaging way, that you can't help but feel for the girls and the hard times they endured. I found this hard to put down, a fascinating story of a time that I'm now compelled to find out more about. ~ L.J. , NetGalley
After faithfully viewing 3 seasons of Versailles, I became a bit suspicious of the story plot. Everything just wrapped up a bit too tightly in the final segment. Reading this book kind of put everything right for me. I couldn't put this ebook down until the last page. I still have so many questions but I think that is what a good author intends. Watkins gives us the facts and lets us decide for ourselves who bedded who and how they died. If you are experiencing withdrawals from Versailles, this is the book for you. ~ Donna Pingry , NetGalley
I would like to thank the author Sarah-Beth Watkins and the publisher, Chronos Books, for sending me this ARC. I promise I will have the other review to you as soon as I can. So, I have read a number of Sarah’s books over the past couple of months and I must say that I really do enjoy them. I like how she able to fit an entire story into such a small book. Most of her books are under 250 pages, which is nice if you are looking for a short weekend read. I know short history books make some people a little bit nervous, but don’t let that get to you. What Sarah does here, as in the cases of her other books, is that she makes each and every word matter. You don’t get that stuff that really doesn’t add to the story that she is telling. Everything flows and everything fits; she also does an amazing job with setting the scene and making sure that reader knows just enough to understand what is going on. This focuses on the daughters of Charles I. Yes, the same Charles I who was kind of executed during the English Civil War. Now, a lot of people are probably expecting there to be a lot of information in this book on the English Civil War. I’m here to tell you that’s there’s not. This book is on just as the title says: the daughters of Charles I. Now, I knew about Mary, but I didn’t know about the other daughters. It was kind of interesting to read about them and their lives. Yes, they all had their happy moments, but for the most part, they really didn’t. It really is just amazing how hard life was back in the 1600s. It really makes me glad about all of the technology that we have now. I know a lot of you are probably thinking: how can their story be told in such a short book? Well, it’s all there and it’s all told in a very well written manner. Again, there was a lot going on in this time period, but Sarah just focuses on the daughters. It’s a good change to focus on them. Like I said, I knew about Mary, but not the others. It’s just almost like main stream history has shoved them to the side and nearly forgotten them, which happens a lot to historical women. So overall, a very well written book. It’s short, but to the point. This book will be released on April 26, 2019. ~ Alyson Serena Willow Stone
Sarah-Beth Watkins is an excellent writer and historian and I have loved all her books - this one did not disappoint, either. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it ~ Janet Pole, Librarian at GC - London, Ontario, Canada, NetGalley
A fascinating book, throughly tells the story of King Charles first's daughters and how the revolution impacted their lives and what happened to them, can't wait to read more from this author, ~ Shelley Myers, NetGalley
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